Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ender's Game and Science Fiction

I enjoy science fiction and yet somehow had never read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I know! I know! It's embarrassing, really. It was never a purposeful omission. I enjoyed the Foundation series by Asimov as much as anyone. I adore Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. While I don't read tons of SF, I do enjoy the genre and I'm so glad I read Ender's Game!

I read it in a day. I noticed the way he opened chapters with a short little clip from the point of view of the adults in the story, often without using their names in the short transaction. I paid attention to how he kept the storytelling within the chapters themselves actually from Ender's POV, third person limited. Well, mostly, because then at times, he headhops into Ender's sister's mind while she tells part of the story, and yet it all flows seamlessly. His vision for what computers might be like in his future astounds me the same way that the author of Feed did when he essentially describes Amazon's helpful suggestions upon checkout or Pandora sending me links to music "it" thinks I might like. Just amazing.

I have a copy of Orson Scott Card's book How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. I was familiar with his name when I was given the book. Now that I've read Ender's Game, I am ready to read this instructive book again. I learned so much the first time through. I can't wait to see what I learn this time. Since I'm planning out an idea for a science fiction YA (possibly upper MG,) I want to learn from one of the best there is in the field.